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DaYe Lin

DaYe Lin conductor

Effective September 2010, DaYe Lin was appointed the Principal Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, having made an exceptionally successful debut there in 2009. In December 2010, Lin Daye with the Guangzhou Symphony made a successful European tour, with concerts at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Verdi in Florence and Schaaner Saal in Liechtenstein.

During the 2009/10 season he made his debuts with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (at the Beijing Music Festival in an all-Sibelius programme featuring Midori) and with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras issued immediate re-invitations for the 2010/11 season. During the summer of 2010, DaYe Lin conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s new Summer Festival ‘Music in the Summer Air’ and in the autumn 2010 he conducted three concerts as part of the Canton Asian Music Festival collaborating with such artists as Lang Lang, Midori and Sarah Chang.

In October 2010 he conducted the Chinese premiere of Madame White Snake – a new opera co-commissioned by Opera Boston and the Beijing Music Festival (BMF) in Beijing and in May 2011, he was invited by the Beijing Modern Music Festival to conduct the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in a “Young China” concert, featuring new works by young Chinese composers.

DaYe Lin was born in Shandong, China in 1980. As a child he studied piano and at the age of 15 began to study conducting with Prof. Xu Xin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1998, he was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music to continue his conducting studies with Prof. Zhang Guoyang. During this period DaYe Lin was the guest conductor of the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra and also was given the opportunity to participate in a master-class given by Maestro Seiji Ozawa who praised him highly.

From 2002 to 2004, he was both the Chief Conductor of Shanghai-Tianshan Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of the Shanghai Opera House, where he conducted performances of Puccini’s La Boheme and Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and numerous symphonic concerts.

In 2005, he obtained a scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and began to study at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under the guidance of Prof. Christian Ehwald. Retaining strong links with the musical scene in China during his study, DaYe Lin developed a relationship with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra; in 2007 becoming assistant conductor and in 2008, their resident conductor. In 2009 he was appointed resident conductor of the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra.

DaYe Lin’s repertoire spans a broad spectrum from Mozart to Mahler, as well as contemporary works by leading Chinese composers, but he has a particular affinity with the late Romantic period and German composers.


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